Barn Conversion near Macclesfield, with stunning views of the Peak District.
The existing concrete block barn has been adapted and modernised to provide spacious accommodation over several split levels.
The main structure is constructed out of Kingspan TEK SIPs. SIPs or Structurally Insulated Panels use timber panels from sustainable sources with an insulating foam core. This gives a high strength to weight ratio allowing large sections of your building to be fitted at once, speeding up the time required on site. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective.
Tata Urbancoat coloured steel cladding has been used to envelope the building and triple glazed curtain walling and windows installed to maximise thermal performance.
The interior is a contemporary design with several eco features; Air Source Heat Pump, Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery, Solar Photovoltaic Panels complete with a battery wall and underfloor heating.
Externally the rainwater is directed into a pond that passes under the building, complementing the front elevation and creating an ecological haven for wildlife along with an insect wall and swallow nesting overhang.
We went to tender in May 2020 in the early days of the pandemic. A J Field was almost identically priced to another contractor; our decision to choose AJF was based on:
- the person who submitted the tender would be the person on site daily to project manage (others couldn’t specify who our day-to-day contact would be)
- their tender was completely transparent, and offered constructive suggestions to save costs, but left the choice to us (others changed materials without discussion)
- Jim came to talk to us in person and we had a good rapport – we felt he was someone we could work with
- we were able to talk to several very satisfied previous clients
- FMB accreditation
Our choice proved a good one, with Jim on site every day holding his sub-contractors to account. As we lived next to the site we met most days to understand progress and discuss matter arising. Ailis was super-efficient with behind-the-scenes project management, working well with our QS.
The construction phase went smoothly, due in large part to the excellent relationship Jim had with his own sub-contractors, and that he built with our architect. They worked well together making adaptations to detailing in response to the realities of building during the Covid pandemic and the ensuing supply issues for some materials.
The resulting build is everything we could have hoped for – high quality construction on time and on budget – despite the pandemic, Suez canal blockage and Brexit! Happy to recommend!